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Japanese foreign minister pays visit to Al-Quds University

Dec. 27, 2017 6:56 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2017 6:56 P.M.)
JERUSALEM -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited the Palestinian Al-Quds University on Wednesday, where he pledged to work to strengthen the working relationship between the Palestinian university and the Government of Japan.

According to a statement from the university, Kono told President of the university Imad Abu Kishek that he was “deeply grateful to the efficacious utilization of funds and thanked Al-Quds University for its ‘able management.’”

Japan has been contributing financial and technical support to Al-Quds University since the establishment of the Medical Complex in 1998, when Japan provided the Medical Complex with equipment.

The Government of Japan also provided assistance in 2002 at the height of the second Palestinian Intifada, in which the Japanese Foreign Minister said Al-Quds University “managed to use this assistance effectively despite the difficult circumstances.”

“Al-Quds University represents a positive example of the assistance that the Government of Japan extends to the Palestinian people, and we thank you for using it effectively,” Kono said following his meeting with Kishek.

He also said the Japanese Government will provide more assistance and hopes it will be used in the “same effective way.”

“We remain committed to supporting the Palestinian people. Our support of Al-Quds University is an example of this commitment, and we shall remain committed to helping the University,” Kono said.

Kishek extended his thanks to Kono, the accompanying Japanese delegation and the Government of Japan for “standing with the people of Palestine.”

Dr. Abu Kishek also told the Japanese Foreign Minister that Japan’s contribution has allowed Al-Quds University Medical Complex to “play a pivotal role in the improvement of the quality of healthcare in the occupied territories, which has for long been underserved and neglected.”

“We cannot properly express what your being here means to us. We are honored to know that Al-Quds University has you as a friend. This is a sign of the strong strategic relationship between Al-Quds University and the government of Japan, one that continues to flourish,” said Kishek.

“I also wish to thank you for Japan’s support of Palestine and the just cause of peace in the region, as embodied by Japan’s recent vote in the United Nations,” Kishek said, referring to last Thursday’s UN General Assembly motion against the US’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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